Business at SciBridge is back as usual. SciBridge project activities have resumed in Uganda. The new academic semesters recently opened in all six Ugandan partner universities (Makerere University, Gulu University, Kyambogo University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Islamic University in Uganda, and Busitema University).
Already preparations are in high gear in five of the partner universities for their respective first solar cell workshop, which will be followed by a web-based seminar between candidates and a solar cell research expert from the United States.
Also, a considerable number of candidates at each partner university are engaged in individual research topics on fabrication and testing cell efficiency using a range of natural dyes as sensitizers, which are abundant in Uganda’s vast natural environment.
More project activities are expected to open in two more African countries soon (Tanzania and Ethiopia). SciBridge is working hard to grow and sustain this new-found scientific dialogue between Africa and the United States.
Here are some photos of my visit (today) to Islamic University in Uganda to oversee progress and conduct a mock exercise of the solar cell fabrication. The candidates were excited about the solar cell innovation and were anxious to explore it. Our session ended at sunset, see the beautiful image of sunset here in Uganda today.
Our first kit arrived to Gulu University in Uganda! John Paul does a great job of organizing the Ugandan network of universities to ensure the experiment kits are delivered in a timely manner. Check out photos of the kit arrival below - we are excited to welcome the Gulu University students to SciBridge!
Rainy Sunday in Austin so SciBridge volunteers at UT-Austin met up to finalize the details of our Al-air battery kits. Next step, ordering up all the supplies!